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pressbox69

(2,252 posts)
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:27 AM Jan 2022

Does Anyone Remember TV's "Ben Casey" or "Dr. Kildare" ?

I have season one Dr. Kildare on DVD but haven't seen an episode of Ben Casey in at least 50 years. I wish some cable TV station would re run them like, ME TV or Cosi or Antenna. I think Ben Casey was on Monday and Kildare was Thursdays. NBC and ABC. This was 60 years ago.






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Does Anyone Remember TV's "Ben Casey" or "Dr. Kildare" ? (Original Post) pressbox69 Jan 2022 OP
Sure do! elleng Jan 2022 #1
I liked Ben Casey. True Blue American Jan 2022 #2
I loved both of those shows! ShazzieB Jan 2022 #3
I watched them both. Grumpy Old Guy Jan 2022 #4
Fun fact. I didn't know Walleye Jan 2022 #15
Yes, I watched both as well lillypaddle Jan 2022 #5
My cousin Jeanne and I ... NanceGreggs Jan 2022 #6
Like the Beatles song says pressbox69 Jan 2022 #38
I loved Marcus Welby M.D. iwillalwayswonderwhy Jan 2022 #7
Same here. AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #29
I don't know if I ever watched the shows, but I remember my cousin had a Ben Casey shirt. Rhiannon12866 Jan 2022 #8
Are you certain it didn't say ... YDogg Jan 2022 #11
Well, this was in the '60s - but you have to know that I thought of that, too! Rhiannon12866 Jan 2022 #12
Cool. pressbox69 Jan 2022 #39
Bwah! I thought of them too. I think the one that I really remembered was... electric_blue68 Jan 2022 #51
I loved those shows, plus the nurses childfreebychoice Jan 2022 #9
Yep. I remember them both. Back when surgeons ruled supreme in TV land. argyl Jan 2022 #10
I do. tblue37 Jan 2022 #13
May I offer "Emergency Ward 10"? mwooldri Jan 2022 #14
Of Course. Was a big Kildare fan, not so much Ben Casey, Fla Dem Jan 2022 #16
Same here. Laffy Kat Jan 2022 #22
My Mom pressbox69 Jan 2022 #40
LOL, "Too pretty"! He did have that aura about him. Fla Dem Jan 2022 #42
Remember both. sinkingfeeling Jan 2022 #17
I remember Dr. Killjoy and Ben Casehistory DFW Jan 2022 #18
Don't forget Mad's Marcus Welby, M.D. parody: Laffy Kat Jan 2022 #23
I still remember a Mad song parody about doctors. AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #30
LOL. Yes, it was. Laffy Kat Jan 2022 #37
"Calling Dr. Kildare!" Midnight Writer Jan 2022 #19
Of course! I watched both avidly - and had a huge crush on Richard Chamberlain, Ocelot II Jan 2022 #20
My family and I never missed those shows. Paladin Jan 2022 #21
I remember Ben Crazy....Houlihan and Big Chuck Tribetime Jan 2022 #24
I remember this lol Marthe48 Jan 2022 #34
Remember they were on the air. Never watched. Hate doctor/hospital shows. highplainsdem Jan 2022 #25
I watched them as a kid, which probably explains my hypochondria. AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #31
I occasionally listen to the Dr. Kildare radio program on satellite radio. Dial H For Hero Jan 2022 #26
Hell yes! I was in 6th grade and madly in love with both doctors Wicked Blue Jan 2022 #27
I do. Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #28
Dr. Zorba, played by Sam Jaffe. AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #32
this guy..he was about 70 Demovictory9 Jan 2022 #36
Sam Jaffe had a long, distinguished film career. Paladin Jan 2022 #44
Yep. AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #45
Yeah, I vaguely remember Bettye Ackerman in the cast. Now that you mention her. (nt) Paladin Jan 2022 #47
We were too young to watch it Marthe48 Jan 2022 #33
My Parents pressbox69 Jan 2022 #41
My older siblings wanted Howdy Doody Marthe48 Jan 2022 #43
I loved pressbox69 Jan 2022 #50
It was on afternoon reruns when I was a kid. AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #46
yep Demovictory9 Jan 2022 #35
I think almost every episode of Ben Casey had him... 3catwoman3 Jan 2022 #48
LOL AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #49
I remeber that opening for Ben Casey Poiuyt Jan 2022 #52
We (family) watched both. I don't remember which but one lead into a serious discussion... electric_blue68 Jan 2022 #53

Grumpy Old Guy

(3,336 posts)
4. I watched them both.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:14 AM
Jan 2022

I remember how surprised I was to learn that Betty Ackerman was married to Sam Jaffe. He seemed so much older than she was.

NanceGreggs

(27,835 posts)
6. My cousin Jeanne and I ...
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:42 AM
Jan 2022

... were best friends growing up. But when she showed me her new back-to-school Dr. Kildare binder and I showed her my Ben Casey binder - well, we almost split up for good.

The only thing that rekindled our mutual trust in each other was when we both bought Beatles binders the next school year.

AngryOldDem

(14,097 posts)
29. Same here.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:31 PM
Jan 2022

Used to watch Medical Center, too, on reruns in the summer. Doc Welby and his sidekick Steve Kiley always struck me as being more wholesome and trustworthy than playboy Joe Gannon.

Watched Energency! as well. Thought it was high drama. There was always that major crisis for the last 15 minutes of the show — car over a cliff, building on fire with explosives inside…😁

Rhiannon12866

(212,222 posts)
8. I don't know if I ever watched the shows, but I remember my cousin had a Ben Casey shirt.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:56 AM
Jan 2022

With the symbols - Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity. I can't believe I remember that!

electric_blue68

(15,843 posts)
51. Bwah! I thought of them too. I think the one that I really remembered was...
Thu Jan 6, 2022, 02:15 AM
Jan 2022

Infinity, but I knew it was the last in a sequence on the chalkboard! 😄

argyl

(3,064 posts)
10. Yep. I remember them both. Back when surgeons ruled supreme in TV land.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:07 AM
Jan 2022

And, of course, they're highly trained professionals today but back then if you had some life threatening disease only a surgeon would do.

And now, medical research is more likely to end many diseases.

But on shows like Dr.Kildare,Ben Casey, and Medical Center they almost always seemed to have someone on the surgeon's table undergoing a long, difficult procedure.

Not to denigrate surgeons. If you've been in some horrible accident, been in a traffic accident, or shot it's still a surgeon who will save your life, if possible. And heart trouble or cancers that haven't gotten too out of control.

mwooldri

(10,332 posts)
14. May I offer "Emergency Ward 10"?
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:11 AM
Jan 2022

A lot of episodes didn't survive. It ran for 10 years; Lew Grade (chief of ATV) said cancelling the show was his biggest mistake in his career.

Fla Dem

(24,546 posts)
16. Of Course. Was a big Kildare fan, not so much Ben Casey,
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 10:23 AM
Jan 2022

His brooding demeanor was a turnoff for me. Vince Edwards who played Ben Casey, died of pancreatic cancer at 67. Richard Chamberlin is still a very active actor at 76.

Interesting both shows ran from 1961 - 1966

Ben Casey October 2, 1961 – March 21, 1966
Dr Kildare September 28, 1961 –August 30, 1966

pressbox69

(2,252 posts)
40. My Mom
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 05:24 AM
Jan 2022

Had a big crush on Ben Casey. She seemed to like the dark brooding type. I asked her why she was lukewarm about Kildare and she said he was too pretty.

DFW

(55,295 posts)
18. I remember Dr. Killjoy and Ben Casehistory
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 11:21 AM
Jan 2022

They were the MAD satires, which I remember better than the originals.

Laffy Kat

(16,456 posts)
23. Don't forget Mad's Marcus Welby, M.D. parody:
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 02:58 PM
Jan 2022

"Make-us Sickbe" or something like that. I still remember so many Mad parodies.

AngryOldDem

(14,097 posts)
30. I still remember a Mad song parody about doctors.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:35 PM
Jan 2022

Set to They Call the Wind Mariah: “The doctors say/I’m well today/And yet I still perspire/I tell the nurse/I’m feeling worse/And yet my bill gets higher…”

Mad was the best.

Ocelot II

(117,567 posts)
20. Of course! I watched both avidly - and had a huge crush on Richard Chamberlain,
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 12:11 PM
Jan 2022

like a lot of girls my age. By the time he came out, which was much later, I had long since outgrown my crush but I was still surprised. He had been a pretty hot leading man in movies and tv in the '70s.

AngryOldDem

(14,097 posts)
31. I watched them as a kid, which probably explains my hypochondria.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:37 PM
Jan 2022

Brain tumors were popular storylines, as I recall.

Texaswitchy

(2,962 posts)
28. I do.
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:37 PM
Jan 2022

There was older male Dr. with strange hair.

Dr. Ben had black hair and a attitude from what I remember.



Paladin

(28,483 posts)
44. Sam Jaffe had a long, distinguished film career.
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 01:51 PM
Jan 2022

If you want to see his talent at full force, check out "The Asphalt Jungle," where he portrays a brilliant jewel thief, brought down by a lecherous nature. (Everybody ought to see "The Asphalt Jungle," regardless. One of the great crime films ever made.)

AngryOldDem

(14,097 posts)
45. Yep.
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 02:11 PM
Jan 2022

More fun facts — Lived to be 93, and was married to Bettye Ackerman, who played Casey’s nurse (and maybe love interest, not sure).

Marthe48

(17,884 posts)
33. We were too young to watch it
Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:52 PM
Jan 2022

I remember the show coming on, especially Ben Casey, with the infinity sign and the voiceover. But my parents thought both shows were too adult for us kids, so off to bed we went.

pressbox69

(2,252 posts)
41. My Parents
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 06:03 AM
Jan 2022

would let me watch anything so long as I didn't get nightmares. I still remember being angry because my favorite Friday night TV show, The Line Up, was replaced by The Twilight Zone. Was even more angry a short time later when Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop replaced my beloved Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody. I cried more than Clarabell the clown did when that last episode ended. I wonder how many kids remember watching both The Twilight Zone and Howdy Doody, before they started school. One of the few Ben Casey episodes I sort of remember was with Stanley Addams who played a comic. Sam Jaffe (Dr. Zorba) played Albert Einstein professor types in two movies, Gentleman's Agreement and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Was Oscar nominated for The Asphalt Jungle. Played the High Lama in Lost Horizon. Title role in Gunga Din and played Ben Hur's faithful friend.

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful responses. I really thought this post would go largely ignored.

Marthe48

(17,884 posts)
43. My older siblings wanted Howdy Doody
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 12:29 PM
Jan 2022

My younger brother and I wanted to watch Capt. Kangaroo. I was always happy if I could sneak in a few minutes of CK, but my sister especially would change the channel when she came into the room. My mom eventually let each of us have a week, in rotation. We got to choose shows during our week. That worked well, because you can bet we tracked the weeks better than any other part of our schedule! She also suggested that if we left a chair, we yelled saved, so we didn't fight over that either. With 5 kids in the house, anything to keep the peace.

Most of the time, we liked the same shows. I remember I liked The Monkees more than Gilligan's Island, but my older brother would watch GI on his week. Gleefully.

We all liked Soupy Sales, and I can remember my brothers and me laughing through his shows.

It is fun to think of some good times from back in the day.

pressbox69

(2,252 posts)
50. I loved
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 04:27 AM
Jan 2022

John Barry's score for Goldfinger 1964. I think the music for the Fort Knox gassing is great. It was only recently that I was reminded that the first time I heard it was in a sketch on the Soupy Sales show called Philo Kvetch. I didn't see Goldfinger until years after it's release.


Do you remember the time Soupy had some of the Ratpack on?


3catwoman3

(24,535 posts)
48. I think almost every episode of Ben Casey had him...
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 08:06 PM
Jan 2022

…somberly uttering the dreaded diagnosis “subdural hematoma.”

When I first observed surgery as a nursing student, I remember being quite shocked that the atmosphere in the OR was not nearly so silent and serious as it was on the medical shows. There was music playing, and the doctors and nurses chatted and told jokes.

AngryOldDem

(14,097 posts)
49. LOL
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 09:02 PM
Jan 2022

That man never cracked a smile.

And as for medical cliches, almost every episode of Emergency! worked in “Ringers lactate”.

electric_blue68

(15,843 posts)
53. We (family) watched both. I don't remember which but one lead into a serious discussion...
Thu Jan 6, 2022, 02:31 AM
Jan 2022

from my parents. The episode was pertinent in some way.

I found out I'd had an unidenticle twin who died a few hours after being born. We were preemies at ?27, 28 weeks back in '53 - I arriving first.. It was startling at the time.

The crazy thing 15+ years later was going to get my state non-drivers ID. I went to get my birth certificate.
My parents had basically switch around our first and middle names to name us.

The birth cert had my twins name, not mine. It freaked the hell outta me for a few weeks. I had to, and my dad helped me to get the documents I needed to prove that
"I" was I. It got properly changed, but woooah!

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